Thursday, August 9, 2012
Hi Folks....I am trying to get back into the crafting/blogging groove after a 2 1/2 months of sporadic craft play. And honestly, I have missed it even though my life has been so full in it's other arenas. My husband and I were walking the other night and were talking about balance and how summer really throws our house out of balance. The kids are up later which means he and I are up later. The noise level is higher and more constant as our house tends to have other kids over alot. Which we LOVE but it is different when the kids are in school and I know I have a guaranteed "me" time during the day. But like I said...my summer has been sooo nice and therefore I really can't complain....I just need to make choices and up to now my choices have been more outside time, more family time and less (well, honestly....hardly any at all ) time for crafting. On Sunday, for example, our son was part of a relay team for a triathlon with two of his friends. He did the swimming leg while his two buds did the biking and running. They are just going to be high school seniors this year but they won the whole relay division! And, Sunday was going to be a mom day....but that all changed when this triathlon came up. My husband and I sort of found out that this was planned maybe around Monday/Tuesday for a Sunday meet. Really typical short notice of teen boys! So instead of crafting and fishing we woke up around 4 to get Corm up and then started to get ready ourselves to travel to the town where the race was held. And would I change anything? (Well, yes....I would probably change the starting time!) No not really.....I mean can I pick a card or a scrapbook page over the "being there" for the actual event? Absolutely not. And I say this because I know of lots of moms who instead of being at their kids events on a Saturday they have their spouse take pics so they can stay home and scrap.....saturday after saturday after saturday. And, I am not judging them because they have lots of wonderful scrapbooks made up while I have lots of pictures to still scrap! But now that my kids are older and ready to leave the house I can sit and scrap and remember how good it felt to be there with them at their successes and to hold them up at their failures. When I was a new mom the scrapbooking craze was just starting and it was really a decision on my part....how much time could I devote to a hobby. Like playing golf or any other sport. How much time away could I take away from being with my family? And my answer was "not much". So, as my time with my kids winds down....I say this as my oldest is 22 and living in another state, my middle is 19 and in college in another town and my youngest is 17 and a senior in high school who will be leaving for college this time next year. I am glad that I have TONS of images to scrap....glad because I feel that will help me skip down memory lane when the door to my son's dorm closes next August and I go back to a house that is "kid-less". I suppose this post is not what you were expecting.....this year is going to be a lot of "lasts" for me....last of sporting events, last of music festivals and concerts, last of plays and last HS graduation. And that is all fine. It is how it should be and I really believe that I am ready for the next phase of life. And my husband and I have talked about what we will do....what we can do now that we will be a little free-er with our time and day to day responsibilities. And we will be young still at 50! So, I think that my blog will evolve to reflect that change. I am still absolutely going to post my crafting pics....but crafting is just part of my overall life....as it is for all of you. And so, here are a few pics of my fabulous Sunday morning watching my son emerge from the lake in his triathlon.
And here is the pic my friend Kathy took of the two proud parent's who gave up an early morning fishing outing and a few hours of quiet crafting to see their son swim . And, we have no regrets. My husband always throws his fish back anyways, and my inks and pens won't dry up but Corm....well, Corm will continue to grow and mature and find his path away from us. Just as his sister's did before him. As it should be.
Isn't this a good picture? We laugh cuz as a family we generally take AWFUL photos....well, actually that is usually just me who takes bad pics! But this one I like. I feel our "happy" just jumps off the page. I can't wait to scrap it someday!
And I do have a card btw! My son had his wisdom teeth removed the day after the triathlon so I had lots of time to sit with him and color and this little image is a quick one that I colored up for the lady that I am a chemo angel for. I sent it to her along with some amazing natural healing balm for her to use on her radiation spots. I love this little guy and the sentiment inside the card is "sending you a little sunshine". Nice and to the point.
I feel like I should have "grounded" this image but oh well, it is already packed and sent! It's funny how some cards look good until you go back and look at the photo taken! Take care!